Teusner 'Joshua' Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2019

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James Halliday – 60% grenache (100yo), 35% mataro (70yo), 5% shiraz (20yo), crushed/destemmed, open-fermented with cultured yeast, 5 days on skins, blended, matured in stainless steel. (An echo of traditional southern Rhone wines made and matured in concrete tanks.) A totally delicious array of fresh red fruits: plum, cherry, raspberry and strawberry. Drink now, or soonish.

About This Wine

This blend of grenache (60%), mataro (30%) and shiraz (10%) is yet another example of the beautiful reds coming from these regions – with shiraz as only a bit player. Teusner Joshua spends no time in oak. Effortless drinking and effortless complexity. It’s something of a holy grail. It’s reductive, smoky, spicy, a bit meaty, earthen, and generally savoury to its neck. It’s also though ripped with anise and raspberry and assorted berries and florals, all which keeps the juices well and truly flowing. Delicious. Totally.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Grenache Mataro Shiraz/Syrah
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Brand Teusner Wines
Vintage 2019

Barossa Valley Wine

The Barossa Valley wine region has historically and currently still is one of Australia's most prestigious premium wine producing regions. Located just 60km north east of Adelaide city centre, the climate there is very hot and dry which is perfect for the big bold reds the area is famous for.

A straight Shiraz is what Barossa is most well known for, however Rhone blends, such as Shiraz Cabernet are also very popular. While much less prevalent, white wines (Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon) are planted on the higher altitude hillsides where the ocean breeze cools temperatures down to a level suitable for producing these varieties as well.

Some of Australia's earliest Shiraz plantings can be found here dating as far back as the 1850's. While not always a guarantee of quality, it might be worth seeking out and trying one of the region's "old vine shiraz" if you haven't yet.

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